In recent years, Christians everywhere are rediscovering the Jewish roots of their faith. Every year at Easter time, many believers now celebrate Passover meals (known as Seders) seeking to understand exactly what happened at Jesus’ final Passover, the night before he was crucified.
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. Using his in-depth knowledge of the Bible and ancient Judaism, Dr. Brant Pitre answers questions such as: What was the Passover like at the time of Jesus? What were the Jewish hopes for the Messiah? What was Jesus’ purpose in instituting the Eucharist during the feast of Passover? And, most important of all, what did Jesus mean when he said, “This is my body… This is my blood”?
To answer these questions, Pitre explores ancient Jewish beliefs about the Passover of the Messiah, the miraculous Manna from heaven, and the mysterious Bread of the Presence. As he shows, these three keys—the Passover, the Manna, and the Bread of the Presence—have the power to unlock the original meaning of the Eucharistic words of Jesus. Along the way, Pitre also explains how Jesus united the Last Supper to his death on Good Friday and his Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Inspiring and informative, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist is a groundbreaking work that is sure to illuminate one of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith: the mystery of Jesus’ presence in “the breaking of the bread.”
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Image; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (February 15, 2011)
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist brings the imagery, prophecy, poetry and truth of the OT into the NT by articulating with clarity the connections of the old covenant with the new which are directly tied to the expectations of first century Jews in Palestine. If you need more help falling in love with the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ, read this book.
Our entire parish got a copy of "The Case for Jesus" at Christmas. I loved that book and so immediately bought "Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist". I read it and then read it again. The writing style is so accessible- makes difficult concepts understandable without dumbing down the subject matter. My book is already worn and underlined, with my own notes. I understood the importance of John 6 but I had no idea of the rich scriptural support for the Eucharist. I had no idea that the Manna was important beyond food until they got to the promised. land. And I knew nothing about the bread of the presence. Dr. Pitre has deepened my understanding, appreciation and love of the Eucharist. Thank you!
Good book to have read during Holy Week, gave new insights as to the connection between Passover and the sacrifice of the Lamb of God.
Fantastic work Dr. Pitre. Let’s fortify the Church Militant!